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BBQ News: 01/01 – 01/07

– Jack Perkins is the owner of Slow Bone in Dallas. He explained to NPR and Fox Business why he doesn’t allow open carry inside his restaurant. – Amigo’s BBQ Grill in Pflugerville welcomes open carry and the owner took his employees to get their concealed carry licenses. – Trent Brooks in Houston has taken a stronger approach at Brooks Place BBQ where customers get 10% off if they come packing. – The Houston Chronicle…

Barbecue Crossfire

The nation is talking about Texas’s new open carry policy, and two pistol-packing pitmasters are grabbing headlines for their opposing views. Trent Brooks, of Brooks Place BBQ, welcomes open carriers to his Cypress barbecue trailer, and in fact offers a ten percent discount for anyone showing off their firearm (the 25 percent discount reported by many was just for New Years Day); on the flip side, Jack Perkins of Slow Bone Barbeque in Dallas is asking gun owners to…

BBQ News: 12/18 – 12/31

– Operation BBQ Relief is doing great work in tornado-damaged Rowlett: – Restaurant owners, including those of Slow Bone and Lockhart Smokehouse supplied free meals to those affected by the storm in Red Oak. – Chris Osburn traveled the American South to find his picks for the best barbecue in the country. Not surprisingly, there are a few from Texas. – I talk with the Texas Standard about great barbecue on the edges of Texas….

BBQ News: 12/11 – 12/17

– These are 37 things you need to know about Texas barbecue from Wide Open Country. – Not to be outdone, Thrillist tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about Texas barbecue. – 50 things you may not have known about barbecue, from Thrillist. Some you may not have known because they’re just old myths, starting with No. 1 on the list. – These are Thrilist’s (and my) picks for the most underrated barbecue joints…

The McKensie Project

Researchers at Texas A&M are seeking to improve Texas barbecue. This isn’t the first time that an institution of higher learning has aspired to this lofty ambition; Harvard students already tried to design the ultimate smoker. And now the Aggies are focusing on the meat of the matter, so to speak. Earlier this week A&M’s Rosenthal Meat & Technology Center hosted a barbecue “town hall,” and among the many topics discussed, Dr. Jeff Savell mentioned a new study they were about to…

Barbecue Poetry

Frank “Trey” Felton is the owner of Thorndale Meat Market, which we reviewed last week on TMBBQ. Felton, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, is a talented pitmaster, but his skills don’t stop at the smoker; writing is another passion. Felton is the author of Jewel of Hiram, a historical fiction set in Milam County, Texas, and he’s also a budding poet. After my first visit to his restaurant, he sent me this poem he had…

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